Croft advises on office to resi scheme

office to resi

Plans to convert a former mail sorting office in Stockport into a mixed apartment, office and retail development have been approved.

Developers Housing Capital Trust and Rowlinson are behind the project in Exchange Street. The building, which fronts a busy stretch of the A6 through Stockport, has been vacant since 2010.

The plans include 117 one and two-bedroom apartments for private rent and 12,000 sq ft of commercial, office, or retail space over the first two floors.

Croft Transport Planning & Design is part of the professional planning team alongside architects Pozzoni and Mosaic Town Planning. Rowlinson will act as main contractor for the development.

Tom Bentley, associate at Croft, said: “This building sits on one of the most prominent sites in Stockport town centre and it’s great to see it being developed after being vacant for a number of years.”

Under the plans, which were submitted in January 2018, the building will be reconfigured to have six floors, including the basement.

An open atrium is planned from the first floor upwards which will provide amenity space for residents, with walkways leading to each of the apartments.

Food and drink space is proposed for the lower ground floor and office space will be on both the lower ground and ground floor levels.

The scheme has been recommended for approval, subject to a Section 106 agreement.